Cross Campus: 02.13.09

Lusty couples and even a few threesomes made yesterday a kind of Make-Out Thursday. A group of roaming lovers interrupted classes of all sorts with passionate kissing and heavy petting, turning even a history of art lecture into a veritable bacchanalia.

Condoms aren’t included, but $309 buys you and a lucky date a four-course dinner, a night’s stay and breakfast in bed at the Study Hotel on Chapel Street this Valentine’s Day.

If you’re still in search of a valentine, don’t panic — take the compatibility test sponsored by the Yale College Council. The survey matches you to others from Yale and targets everyone: “Matched? Single? Looking for a little somethin’ on the side? YCC is here for you!” (But if you’re looking for someone from QPac, you might have better luck at Toad’s.)

Disgruntled Davenport students received an unwelcome wake-up call when a fire alarm went off at around 3 a.m. Thursday morning. Davenport Master Richard Schottenfeld reported the next day that a fire alarm in a student entryway had been pulled without reason.

The Thain Family Café will remain the Thain Family Café. Yale dining and fundraising officials said the difficulties of John Thain, the former chief executive officer for Merrill Lynch, will not lead the University to rename everyone’s favorite place to buy overpriced soup.

Connecticut’s senators aren’t very popular. A poll released by researchers at Quinnipiac University this week showed Sen. Chris Dodd with only a 41 percent approval rating. Sen. Joseph Lieberman ’64 LAW ’67 has the approval of 45 percent of voters in the Nutmeg State.

Jonathan Holloway, the master of Calhoun College, was featured on CNN yesterday during a day-long feature, “From Lincoln to Obama,” hosted by Soledad O’Brien. Holloway said there is “something very human about [Lincoln]. He’s a deeply flawed individual.”

“Equal: Women Reshape American Law,” a book by beloved nonfiction writing teacher Fred Strebeigh, comes out today.

Nuts! Harvard University Dining Services, citing concerns over salmonella, has removed all peanut-based ingredients from its menus.

This day in Yale history

1967 The Student Committee on Teaching recommended a trio of proposals aimed at changing the way professors graded their students. The committee proposed changing grades from numbers to letters, and also allowing for a pass-fail option on all introductory courses and on a fifth course outside of a student’s major.

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